Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Classic Elf On A Shelf

This simple Elf is posable and quick to make. 


You will need:
  • Yarn needle 
  • Soft toy filling.
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • 4mm safety eyes
  • Pipe cleaner to make posable
  • DK Yarn
    • Approx. 70m
Stitches and abbreviations used:
(I am from England but use US crochet terms)
  • MC - Magic circle/ring (sc unless otherwise specified)
  • Ch - Chain 
  • SC - Single crochet 
  • Inc - Increase stitch (2 single crochets into one stitch)
  • Dec - Decrease stitch (single crochet 2 stitches together)
  • ST - Stitch 
  • DC – Double Crochet                                      
  • SLST - Slip stitch 
  • BLO – Back Loop Only
  • FLO – Front Loop Only
  • R – Round or Row
  • FO - finish Off
Other things to note....
  • This is worked in continuous rounds. It is helpful to use a stitch marker to keep track.
  • The number in ( ) at the end of each round indicates the total stitch count for that round.
  • *  * indicates repeated series of stitches.
  • Use invisible decreases for a neater finished product.
  • Stitches in [ ]  are worked into one stitch.
  • Remember to stuff the product little and often as you work.




Legs x2, body and head – starting in red
1.
MC (6)
2.
*Inc, 2sc * (8)
3-17.
Sc (8)

FO 1st leg with 1slst into the same st as the last sc of the round. Leave a long yarn tail to close any joining gaps. Continue the 2nd leg.
18.
[2sc] into 1st st of 1st leg, 6sc around 1st leg, [2sc] into last st of 1st leg, [2sc] into 1st st of 2nd leg, 6sc around the 2nd leg, [2sc] into last st of 2nd leg (20)
19-31.
Sc (20) – Put pipe cleaner in the legs to make them posable. Fill the body and head with stuffing as you go.
32.
*8sc, dec * (18)
33.
*1sc, dec * (12)
34.
*1sc, dec * (8)
35.
Change to skin tone – BLO – sc (8)
36.
*1sc, inc * (12)
37.
*1sc, inc * (18)
38.
*2sc, inc * (24)
39.
*11sc, inc * (26)
40-43.
Sc (26)
44.
*11sc, dec * (24)
45.
*2sc, dec * (18)
46.
*1sc, dec * (12)
47.
*dec * (6)

FO – add any extra stuffing needed. Close hole.




Neck Ruffle – White
1.
Join yarn in FLO left from R35 of the body. – *INC * (16)
2.
*slst, [1dc, ch1, 1dc] *

FO – Leaving yarn tail to sew down once arms are sewn onto the body.




Arms x2 – Starting in white
1.
MC (4)
2.
*inc * (8)
3-4.
Sc (8)
5.
*dec, 2dc * (6)
6.
FLO - *Inc * (12)

FO white.
7.
Join red in BLO left from previous round – sc (6)
8-16.
Sc (6) – put pipe cleaner inside the arms to make them posable.
17.
Fold flat – 3sc through both sides to close the arm

FO – leaving yarn tail to sew to body.




Hat – Starting in red
1.
MC (4)
2.
*Inc, 1sc * (6)
3.
*Inc, 2sc * (8)
4.
*Inc, 3sc * (10)
5.
*Inc, 4sc * (12)
6.
*Inc, 5sc * (14)
7.
*Inc, 6sc * (16)
8.
*Inc, 7sc * (18)
9.
*Inc, 8sc * (20)
10.
*Inc, 9sc * (22)
11.
*Inc, 10sc * (24)
12.
*Inc, 11sc * (26)
13.
*Inc, 12sc * (28)
14-15.
Sc (28)
16.
Change to white – sc (28)
17-19.
Sc (28)

FO – Leave yarn tail to sew to head


2 comments:

  1. I'm sorry I really want to make this elf but don't understand the directions are the head body and legs made altogether guess I'm not as experienced as you and I mean that as a compliment could you clarify for me please

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    1. Of course. I am away at the moment but when I’m home on Monday I’ll make another and take some pictures if that would help?
      The legs are made first then it continues up to the body and head as one piece. Make one leg first and finish off as usual. Then make the second leg and continue on with the pattern.

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